BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
Growing up in Southern California, street tacos and tamales for Christmas was second nature to me, but not just because I was a Californian. I’m a proud Chicana and thank God I inherited these fantastic eyebrows! Unfortunately, growing up on old movie-musicals meant I rarely saw someone who looked like me. They cast a Russian-American as the lead Puerto Rican in West Side Story for crying out loud!
When I moved to New York, I realized what a diverse Hispanic/Latinx community it had! So, why has it been so difficult to represent our community in theater? In the 2018 census, New York City reported the Hispanic/Latinx group was 29.1% of the population. We’re the second largest racial group in NYC!
On the other hand, Actors’ Equity reported in its 2016-2017 reports that only 2.9% of its members were Hispanic/Latinx. Ouch. Representation certainly has come a long way in show business, but we have a long way to go.
So, this Cinco de Mayo, let’s celebrate the 2.9% of Latinx members we do have on Broadway with this playlist! You will find current Broadway stars like Mandy Gonzalez, Eva Noblezada, and Karen Olivo, on this list as well as some composers of Broadway, like Robert Lopez, Alex Lacamoire and Lin Manuel Miranda! Shout out for all their hard work and contributions to the Broadway industry! Enjoy!
If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, I recommend ditching the sombrero and mustache and order take-out from your local Mexican restaurant and support local businesses during this time.